You need a visa for your stay in the Netherlands. More information on which documents are required when applying for a visa can be found in the checklist.
In addition, you must comply with the following conditions:
What documents do you need?
The Dutch representation may ask to see more documents.
You have to have all official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German.
You apply for a visa to the Dutch representation in your own country (country of origin). Or, in the country you are living in with a valid residence permit (country of residence). You can submit the visa application no sooner than 3 months before you wish to travel to the Netherlands.
You always have to apply for a visa in person. It is not possible for someone else to apply for a visa on your behalf. This means that you always have to go to the Dutch representation yourself.
In some cases, you have to submit the visa application to an external agency: the external service provider (EDV). This agency accepts the application and forwards it to the Dutch representation for the assessment.
In that case, apart from the costs of a visa application, you almost always pay an additional sum to the external service provider.
Please keep in mind that a visa application takes a lot of time. Therefore, apply for this on time. Never finalise the booking until you are certain you will get the visa.
The application for a short-stay visa costs money. And sometimes you will have to pay external service providers as well.
The visa application is generally handled by one of the Regional Support Offices (RSO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Some of the larger foreign representations handle the visa applications themselves.
The application is sometimes put before the Visa Service of the IND. The Visa Service then gives its recommendation to the RSO that ultimately makes the decision.
If you wish to know the status of your application, please contact the Dutch representation where the application has been submitted
The RSO checks to see whether you meet all the conditions. The RSO has to make a decision within a period of 15 days. The period for making a decision may be extended up to 30 days if the application is put before the IND.
If you meet all the conditions, you will get a short-stay visa.
You can collect the visa at the Dutch representation where you submitted the application. A short-stay visa is a type C visa. It is placed as a sticker in your passport.
You may be checked again when you enter the Netherlands. The IND therefore recommends for you to bring with you all the information and documents you needed for the visa application.
You may apply for an urgent visa when you wish to visit family due to the death or terminal illness of a relative living in the Netherlands. An urgent visa is usually not a Schengenvisa and only allows access to the Netherlands.
You can only apply for an urgent visa if you are a first- or second-degree family member of the person in the Netherlands who is terminally ill or has deceased. These include:
A short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days. You will get the visa for the number of days that you indicated on your application.
The short-stay visa (type C) states:
You can apply for a short-stay visa for one journey ('single entry'-visa) or for more journeys ('multiple entry'-visa). Both visa allow you to stay up to 90 days, within a 180-day period, in the Netherlands or another country in the Schengen area .
The short-stay calculator on the website of the European Commission helps you calculate how many days you can still stay in the Schengen area after your entry. You can also use this calculator to plan your trip. The calculator is in the text under 'Harmonising rules and procedures'.
If you wish to work in the Netherlands during your short stay, your employer may need to have a work permit. Your employer has to apply this to UWV.
You may also need to have a BSN number. The municipality issues these numbers when you enlist in the Register of Non-Residents (RNI). For more information please check the website of the municipality where you live/work or www.government.nl.
After the period of validity of your visa has ended you have to leave the Netherlands and the Schengen Area. If you fail to do so, you may get an entry ban for Europe. This does not apply to EU/EEA citizens and their family members.
Only in very exceptional circumstances may you extend your Schengen visa or permit-exempt term. For example, when you are incapable of leaving the Netherlands due to a serious illness or due to circumstances beyond your control. You can extend your visa or permit-exempt term up to 90 days at the most. Your total stay may not exceed 90 days. You must also have enough money to support yourself. To apply for this, you must first make an appointment with an IND Desk.
You travelled to the Netherlands with a single-entry visa. You wish to change this to a multiple-entry visa. To apply for this, you must first make an appointment with an IND Desk.
You have to meet the following conditions:
Even though you do not need a visa, you may be checked at the border by the Aliens Police (AVIM) to see if you meet the conditions for entry and stay in the Netherlands. They could ask you for the following documents:
You are allowed to stay up to 90 days within each 180-day period in the Netherlands or another country in the Schengen area.
The 90 days can be spread over 180 days, but these can also be used all at once. If you stay 90 days in a row in the Netherlands, you must then first stay outside the Schengen area for the following 90 days. Only then can you again make use of a new permit-exempt term of 90 days to travel to the Netherlands or the Schengen Area.
If you wish to enter the Netherlands on 20 October 2016, your travel document will be checked for Schengen check-in/check-exit stamps within the 180 days immediately prior to 20 October 2016, in this case until 24 April 2016. If you have not stayed in the Schengen Area in the 90 days before that date (in this example the period from 23 July 2016 to 20 October 2016) a new visa can be issued for a period of 90 days. If you have stayed in the Schengen Area in the 90 days before that date, the already used days (possibly) have an effect on the period of stay.
An exception to the rule (90 per 180 days) applies to the following nationalities. Do you have the nationality of one of the following countries, then you may stay up to 3 months every 6 months in the Netherlands / Schengen area.
The short-stay calculator (in the text under 'Harmonising rules and procedures) on the website of the European Commission, can help calculate how many days you are allowed to stay following your entry in the Schengen Area. You can also use this tool to plan your trip.
You may also need to have a BSN number. The municipality issues these numbers when you enlist in the Register of Non-Residents (RNI). For more information please check the website of the municipality where you live/work or www.government.nl
After the validity of your visa has ended you have to leave the Netherlands and the Schengen Area. If you fail to do so, you may get an entry ban for Europe. This does not apply to EU/EEA citizens and their family members.
Only in very exceptional circumstances may you extend your permit-exempt term. For example, when you are incapable of leaving the Netherlands due to a serious illness or due to circumstances beyond your control. You can extend your permit-exempt term up to 90 days at the most. Your total stay may not exceed 90 days. You must also have enough money to support yourself. To apply for this, you must first make an appointment with an IND Desk.
A TWV is a work permit. The employer applies for a TWV with UWV (Netherlands Employees Insurance Agency). UWV examines among other things if there is no employee with the Dutch, EU/EEA or Swiss nationality that is qualified for the job. For more information about the TWV, check the website of UWV (only in Dutch).